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Seven different groups — from the Rutgers Climate Institute to the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum — are collaborating to bring a documentary about climate change in the Arctic to campus. “Chasing Ice” will screen today at the Rutgers Cinema on Livingston campus and will be followed by a panel of five Rutgers professors.
Michelle Gelber and Mandy Spiller plan to celebrate the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Friday ruling to allow same-sex marriages by getting married today on a beach in Asbury Park, N.J. Gelber, who is from Wall Township, N.J., said she and her fiancee have been engaged for almost a year. “We’ve been waiting so long. We want to make it happen as soon as possible,” Gelber said. “We’ve been scattering around trying to get everything in place.”
The Rutgers University Student Assembly voted to support the Delta Upsilon fraternity with its meal swipes program. It also unanimously passed a resolution supporting shared governance and heard Felicia McGinty, vice chancellor of Student Affairs, speak about the division’s plans and hopes for the University. Jacob Shulman, recording secretary of RUSA, said the meal swipes program would take the cost of a meal swipe and donate it to charity.
A ballot amendment this November may decide the salaries of 41,000 New Jersey workers earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, according to a survey from the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The New Jersey Legislature voted to include a constitutional amendment raising the minimum wage to $8.25 per hour on the Nov. 5 ballot, said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics Poll.
Films are only a part of what is offered at the Rutgers Jewish Film Festival.The event, now in its 14th year, features speakers, audience participation and a community environment from Oct. 24 to Nov. 3, said Karen Small, the festival director. The festival began when a Rutgers alumna approached the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life and offered funding from the Karma Foundation to premiere the best Jewish films.
Newly appointed Rutgers Board of Governors member Richard Roper once contributed to 15 committees simultaneously. He said he has cut down substantially. Now, he only serves as a senior fellow at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute at the State University of New York and as president of the public policy-consulting firm, The Roper Group.
Rutgers Hillel celebrated their move to a temporary location with a ceremony including singing, dancing and prayer. The Jewish religious and cultural center moved from its home at 93 College Ave. to a temporary location at 8 Bishop Place, where they plan to wait for the completion of a permanent building on the College Avenue campus.
Daniel Munoz has seen the issue of same-sex marriage affect many of his friends firsthand. “I have a lot of gay and lesbian friends, and I know a lot of gay and lesbian couples,” said Munoz, the Cook Campus representative of the Rutgers University Student Assembly.
Anne Newman, the director of Student Conduct, spoke at the Rutgers University Student Assembly meeting last night about new code of conduct, the Off-Campus Task Force and future plans to coordinate with students on issues surrounding student conduct. She said the Office of Student Conduct addressed academic and behavior violations, assisted fraternity and sorority issues, and helped mediate conflicts between students.
New Jersey residents nowadays see maps as a tool for getting to a location as quickly as possible, using GPS systems to get directions on their route. But maps have served many purposes over the years, from informing navigators of the land’s properties to defining the borders of the state, said Nicholas Ciotola, curator of cultural history at the N.J. State Museum in Trenton.
What’s worse than pirates taking away your ship, family and home? Global warming, apparently. And according to the Pastafarian Society at Rutgers, the two might be more connected than you think.
The New Brunswick City Council convened yesterday to pass resolutions on local affairs and hear public commentary on subjects from labor laws to unfair police practices. The council approved an ordinance congratulating Rutgers students who recently returned from Florida after a bicycle trek to Orlando to raise money for the Embrace Kids Foundation, said Russell Marchetta, New Brunswick spokesman.
Scarlet Pulse debuted last week as an option for students looking to connect through events around campus, ranging from knitting to watching football.
Although students may complain about the construction scattered around Rutgers, the changes mark the beginning of an initiative to redefine the character of the College Avenue campus and create a new, uniform look, said Antonio Calcado, vice president of University Facilities and Capital Planning.
New Brunswick Councilman John Anderson has biked around the city all 60 years of his life. “[I ride] an old ten-speed,” he said. “I have rode all over town without any problems, all different areas. But I do like the new bike lanes.”
Rutgers Hillel, the Jewish outreach organization on campus, will move into a new building as a part of the College Avenue campus re-development partnership between Rutgers and the New Brunswick Development Corporation.
With the arrival of the new school year comes a new option for communication majors looking for a chance to get ahead in the growing field of public relations. The School of Communication and Information now offers a public relations specialization and is working on ways to give their students an advantage.
University physicist Sevil Salur studies particles in conditions similar to the ones only microseconds after the Big Bang. To research the nature of subatomic particles in extreme heat and pressure, she and her research assistants, including undergraduates Leo Yu and Alex DeMaio, collect data from two large particle colliders and perform elaborate calculations on their movements.
Eva Andrei came back from a long night of working in the lab and decided to check her email before she went to bed, only to find that her inbox was flooded with messages of congratulations. “It was completely out of the blue, so it was pretty exciting,” said Andrei, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
The University admissions website says an education is a sound investment. “As a public school, Rutgers can offer tuition and fees significantly lower than its private-school peers … We call that a value,” according to the website. But many students disputed that claim at the Open Hearing on the University’s Budget, Tuition, Fees, and Housing and Dining Charges, and filled the Multipurpose Room on the College Avenue campus last night to speak about it.